Dear Presence-seeking family,
I feel like the Lord is telling me this morning that some folks are facing a situation in which you have two choices: you could either stand up and take the hard line and refuse to be corrected (either by the Lord or by someone in authority), OR you can humble yourself.
Beloved, if that's you, I wanted to share John 12:24 with you today. This passage says:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
Beloved, Father is working on your character. How do I know? Because He's working on ALL of our character! He's continually transforming all of us into the image of Christ. He's taking us from glory to glory, faith to faith, and strength to strength.
So what do you do if Father is working on a character issue in you, and you don't want to go along?
Well, ultimately, Father is going to get His way. If we resist Him, He may not get His way until the last trumpet blows and Jesus returns; but He is going to get His way. Our comfort is not Father's first concern. Our Christlikeness IS.
So you could resist what Father is doing. It's your choice. But, dearly beloved, if you resist, you will lose your peace and joy. You will be kicking against the goads, and that didn't work out well for the apostle Paul! If you resist God, you subject yourself to His discipline, and you will not be able to enjoy your life.
But–oh, beloved–if you submit!
The joy that can be yours! It may hurt while Father works this issue out of you. It hurts me when He works things out of me, for sure!
But beloved, if you submit to Him–if you CHOOSE to love Him more than you love yourself …
… if you will be like that grain of wheat that falls to the ground and dies to yourself, submitting wholeheartedly to Father's plan and to His correction …
Oh, beloved. If you will do that, you have God's promise that you will rise again … and that you will bear much fruit.
I know it's hard. But, beloved, the fruit! The fruit is worth it.
The resurrection is worth it.
What will you decide today?
Much love and many prayers to you,